Creating and Maintaining a Module Repository
Layout of a Module repository
A module repository is an echo of the mods.d and modules area as found under any Sword module area on your system (e.g. ~/.sword) plus mods.d.tar.gz, as created by:
tar czvf mods.d.tar.gz mods.d/*
Several front ends (particularly for small devices) do require modules in a different format though, as a zipped file.
mods.d.tar.gz is a gzipped file.
Some of the smaller devices running a sword frontend do not have a network enabled module manager. Users of these devices need to download their modules as zipped files and unzip them in the right place - e.g. a SD card.
It is also helpful for people who have no access to direct internet connections or live in countries with monitored access to the internet to be able to download (and possibly distribute) zipped modules.
These come in three formats
- rawzip (required by JSword derrived front-ends)
- zip for MS Windows
- zip for Mac OSX
This is a zipped archive of a module in the file and directory layout used in the local module directory.
E.g. to create from your own module directory a zipped module of a uncompressed GenBook do this:
cd ~ftp/pub/sword zip zip/mybook.zip mods.d/mybook.conf modules/genbook/rawgenbooks/mybook
Jsword derrived frontends use a different module management process.
Firstly they require a HTTP connection, secondly they require only mods.d.tar.gz and a directory of zipped modules (rawzip format).